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inside the house before the flames broke out is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined. police say josh powell tried to kill his 7-year-old son charles and 5-year-old braden with a hatchet before the fire could take their lives. >> he's disturbed. he's just disturbed. the act that he did was cowardly. >> reporter: what began as a supervised sunday visit quickly turned tragic when josh powell closed the door on the case worker locking the children inside. minutes later, the house exploded into flames. police believe powell started the fire with an accelerant after sending an e-mail to his attorney with just three words -- "i'm sorry. good-b good-bye." >> we've discovered multiple e-mails that he sent to his pastor, he sent to his cousins, and he sent to other people that are longer in length. they dictate what to do with the utilities, what to do with his money, what to do with certain aspects of his life.
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>> reporter: the coxs say their grandsons had recently started remembering more about what happened on that night in 2009 when their mother vanished. josh powell claimed he had taken the boys on a latenight camping trip in the dead of winter. >> i would never hurt my boys. i would never hurt anyone. >> reporter: but one boy recently drew a picture of the trip and said his mother was in the trunk. >> that's daddy. that's charlie. and that's me. then he said, "well, mommy's in the trunk." >> reporter: there are questions now about whether the state did all it could to protect charles and braden, whether they should have allowed visits with their father. but experts say without criminal charges the state had no reason to cut off all contact. >> there was simply no indication that something like this was coming. there had been visits for a prolonged period of time with no indication of any problems until this happened. >> reporter: the boys' grandparents are just trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered family. >> well, we know that the children are with their mother
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and they're safe. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> beyond heartbreaking. to capitol hill now, where a bill to speed up the modernization of the nation's air traffic control system is now heading to the president's desk. the senate passed the $63 billion legislation 75-20 despite objections from some labor unions. the bill calls for the faa to switch from radar to gps technology by june of 2015 and also opens u.s. airspace to unmanned drones. republican voters in colorado and minnesota cast their caucus votes later today. in an appeal to the conservative wing of the party mitt romney's speaking out about the morning after pills. he referred to the pills as "abortive pills" during a speech in colorado. he also told the crowd about the importance of electing a president who will protect the right to worship god. and a heckler interrupted an appearance by newt gingrich in minnesota yesterday. the former house speaker was making a comparison between him and president obama when the man began to shout and that woman
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wasn't having any of it. he was confronted by a gingrich supporter and then escorted out by police. now to an ice rescue in wisconsin. a group of stranded fishermen and a small child safely brought back to solid ground. an air boat was used to ferry seven men and a 3-year-old back to shore. they were ice fishing when the ice cracked and separated them from the land. lucky for them the county just bought that air boat. it was the first time it was used. timing is everything. whew. lucky. here's a look now at your weather on this tuesday. wet down in florida. heavy rain from key west to miami. showers in cincinnati, st. louis, and kansas city. some sleet and snow from omaha to cedar rapids. windy with downpours from san francisco to san diego. and mountain snow around l.a. >> 68 in l.a. 43 in boise. 26 in billings. 30s in omaha and chicago. 45 in st. louis. 50s in d.c. low 60s in atlanta. >> this story's kind of cute. soccer fans of course can get really crazy sometimes, and rival teams rarely agree on
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anything. but when this gray and white cat interrupted a game between liverpool and a team from london yesterday, both sides cheered. >> no one knows how the kitty cat got on the field in the first place. but he made himself right at home before running over to the sideline, where one of the groundskeepers lifted him up and away. the feline, who is now called the anfield cat after the name of the stadium, even has two twitter accounts. meow. >> brave cat. we'll be back with more after this. ♪ is the golden rule ♪ he said get back, honky cat ♪ better get back to the woods ♪
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welcome back, everybody. as our producers were getting ready to put this piece on air, one of them coined a phrase that sums up the subject of our next story quite nicely. >> she said it was like the "real world" reality tv show for brainiacs. but what these wannabe reality stars are working on has the power to actually change some lives. as abc's david muir reports. >> reporter: 26 young social innovators with ideas that can change the world. they spent three months living in a house, having their lives taped 24/7. >> good times. >> reporter: for an online reality show. it's called "the unreasonable institute." created during a light bull p moment by daniel epstein along with a group of university of colorado alumni. >> we're very intentional about not making this into reality tv. we want this to be real tv. right? we want to be showing the ups and downs, the struggles and the winds of entrepreneurship. >> reporter: competition was stiff. over 300 people applied from 65 countries to attend the 32-day program nestled in the foothills of boulder, colorado. 26 were selected.
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>> the unreasonable institute is an international accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs who are wielding entrepreneurship as a mechanism to combat social challenges. and they're trying to take those to scale here at the unreasonable institute. >> reporter: the ideas are out there. a solar-powered home in a box. using a bicycle to harvest corn. one girl literally reinventing the wheel. >> the water wheel is a 25-gallon drum that moves five times the amount of water possible in traditional methods, which is five gallons carried on the head. so not only is it alleviating women and girls from this tremendous physical burden of water collection, but it's also reducing the time burden. women and girls spend about 25% of their time each day collecting water. >> this is a step into ambiguity and the unknown. >> reporter: daniel and his team at the institute match these early-stage entrepreneurs with mentors such as the chief of technology at hewlett-packard as well as investors who come stay in the house and help them bring their ideas to scale. >> we actually won a contract worth $737,000, and that's what i call a scale.
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>> reporter: the program culminates with these entrepreneurs pitching before a room packed full of investors. >> and at the end of the day my job's very simple. >> this one device can completely revolutionize and change the quality of life for families -- >> reporter: it's to bring in some of the world's most promising entrepreneurs. >> 1 billion people lack reliable access to safe water. >> and then to match them with the folks who have already achieved this incredible global scale. >> so our goal is to produce and sell 1,000 units. >> put them in the same house uniter the same roof and just let that magic happen. >> reporter: david muir, abc news. >> i like that idea. you know, not getting rich or getting famous but changing lives. i like this, too. the criteria is that the idea, whatever you come up with, must impact about a million people. and that's how high the bar is. so they really want great ideas. >> and if you want to hear more of these ideas, you can go to their website, and they are currently selecting for season 3. that's currently under way. so if you have a great idea. >> a lot of rough stuff in the news this morning. that kind of reaffirms some hope in humanity, that story there.
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>> yeah. coming up next, get ready to see some more of this today. giants super bowl hero eli manning and that coveted vince lombardi trophy. >> we'll put the cap on the "world news now" football season straight ahead and the bullet in my chest, right?
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fasten your seat belt, darling. we have learned to love that music, of course, because it only means one thing. this morning we officially end our football season here on "world news now." it all would have come to an end yesterday, but paula was on assignment at "good morning america" and i didn't want to miss the chance to talk some trash face to face. >> oh. >> my dear. >> eye to eye. mano a womano. >> womano. >> let's get straight to it. there goes picks competition commissioner jack sheehan riding those giants all the way to the playoff edition championship. >> you may remember tanya won the regular season. jack has won the playoff edition. jack did finish an impressive 9-2. >> that's impressive, jack. >> i wound up in a tie with former broadcast producer david meyers and fireman bob. and paula, bringing up the rear. we'll see her during march mad intersection honey, because this was not your time. and you're a former sports anchor. this is really embarrassing. >> i didn't want to go with the picks everybody else was going with. i did it to be a little different.
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>> sow didn't go with the smart picks either. >> i did go with some smart picks. the team flew from indy into newark liberty international airport yesterday. we promise you it was a rollicking flight home. as you're going to see later, they went straight to their training facility to take care of some personalities stuff. >> by now folks in this area are familiar with this. the empire state building bathed in blue, saluting those championship giants. they lit it up like that back on february 4th in advance of the big game, and it will stay that way through tonight. >> we mentioned saluting the heroes. they have been getting ready for massive crowds in lower manhattan practically since the game ended. the giants are going to ride through what's called the canyon of heroes today. and a ticker tape parade that could happen amidst over a million people. >> new york's ready to party. balmy temps here today, and organizers expecting even more people than attended the giants' victory parade in 2008. after that the team will get keys to the city and they're also attending a rally at their stadium over in new jersey. so we thought we'd get him on friday but the winner, the
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commish is back with us this morning. welcome back, jack. you're the happiest man in the building. your giants pulled it off. >> thank you. >> the first 9-17 to win the super bowl. >> that's very impressive. let's check out that rollicking flight back. check out what they were singing on the play home. ♪ i got a ring ♪ he got one too ♪ i got a ring ♪ he got one too >> i got a ring, he got one too. there you go. they're getting all suited up for the big parade today. there won't be any high school kids in high school today here in new york. >> no, there will not. >> they'll probably all be hitting the bodegas if you like. and having a good time. so we'll see what's up with that. you know, fireman bob was supposed to be here, but he evacuated with that patriots jersey. >> yes, he did. >> are you coming in? >> yes. we have another giants fan. >> he was out in vegas. >> yes. >> got the gear. you got the finger, you got the hat, you got the shirt. >> one of the things you could have bet on out in vegas was
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." so there are so many matchmaking sites and sites where you could go to hook up. but what about if you actually break up with your significant other? where do you go? >> oh. breaking up's hard to do. >> it is hard to do. and how do you avoid those habits of calling them again and tracking them down? you just don't want to go down that road again. >> people, that's a messy road. i love you, girl. it's messy. not that i know. not that i know. >> that was from experience right there. >> no comment. i miss you, girl. >> there's a couple of applications, a couple of websites we're going to tell but. the first one is called the ex app. the ex app is going to block you from making outgoing calls, text messages, or e-mails to your ex.
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it also tracks the number of consecutive days that you've stopped contacting your ex. and then there's it's a site full of alleged cheaters, complete with mugshot-like photos and sometimes lengthy explanations of love deception. if you have been wronged, if you have been cheated on, just a reminder, don't go back there again. >> if you've been wrong, you can go post the cheater's pic on that site? >> i believe so. >> wow. >> yes, you can. >> that's tough. >> and if you never liked it anyway, that ring that he got you -- >> then give it back to we can cash it out. >> one site,, dumpees sell off their engagement gowns, rings. you can go there to find some great bargains, too. it's a digital breakover. using a number of tech tools to save you from yourself. you can always sob on me -- >> have you ever had a bad break-up like that? >> not really. i didn't date a lot. i had like three boyfriends. kind of boring.
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>> that's not boring. that's gp it's wholesome. it's lovely. >> i was always -- >> a good girl. >> well, not always but -- >> tell us more about that, paula. well, what's not always wholesome, are some of these pictures on facebook. everybody's guilty of maybe having a few party shots on facebook or something where you're not at your best. let's just say. no, i've cleaned my file. but there's a story in the "herald sun" that makes you a little nervous. nothing you may not have known already. but those facebook photos done disappear because they can still be accessed by anyone who has a link to the images themselves. even the company admits they do not always delete images in a reasonable period of time. however, they are working on a new system or update, i should say, so that even deleted pictures will still be accessible for only 45 days after they are deleted. so basically, there's a link out there, a url to a pic you've put on facebook, people can still find that long after you've untagged yourself or deleted the photo. be careful what is out there. that picture where you're waifrt sx wasted and you called the
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ex-girlfriend, take that down -- >> you don't have any of those, do you? >> no. not me. >> that's
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this morning on "world news now," disturbing developments. new details now about how josh powell was planning an unspeakable murder-suicide that killed his two young sons. >> and what he did just before setting that fatal fire that has sent shockwaves worldwide. it's tuesday february 7th. good morning, everyone. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. heavy hearts today. detectives near seattle now say that josh powell was planning this fire for some time. and we have learned a horrific detail overnight, that he attacked his sons with a hatchet before setting the fire.
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just a lot of things leading up to this. he had sent their toys to some charitable organizations. so he was premeditating this for a very long time. >> sent e-mails to his lawyer, other people taking care of his business affairs. just when you thought the story couldn't be worse, you find out how brutal the crime scene was. no words for that. that widespread civil unrest, gunfire and uncertainty in syria. we have rare pictures from inside the country where it's so bad american diplomats were told to simply get out. and later this half hour, should parents be banned from smoking in the car when their children are riding with them? it's a topic burning up our facebook page this morning. >> chime in. well, folks, a lot of folks worked up about that issue, too. but first, it is hard to imagine that the circumstances surrounding the murders of those two little boys could get any worse. >> incomprehensible that any parent could do this to their child. we have now learned that the father attacked his children
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with a hatchet before they all died of smoke inhalation. officials say josh powell had been planning the horrible crime for quite a while. abc's diana alvear is joining us this morning from los angeles with more on the tragedy. diana? >> reporter: rob and paula, good morning. we were all stunned to hear about that explosion that killed josh powell and his two young sons. and now investigators are saying that's exactly how he planned it. police say no sooner had his two sons entered his home than josh powell did the unthinkable. they say he murdered them. explosions that left his home a charred, smoking mess. a massacre investigators say was premeditated. >> there was accelerant spread throughout the house, and we did recover two five-gallon gas cans. we've discovered multiple e-mails that he sent to his pastor, he sent to his cousins. they dictate what to do with the utilities, what to do with his money, what to do with certain aspects of his life. >> reporter: so ended a family saga that began in 2009, with the disappearance of his wife,
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susan. the sole person of interest, josh claimed he'd taken his sons charles and braden camping the last night she was seen. last week josh was again denied custody by a judge. sunday was to be his first visit with his sons, supervised by a case worker. >> she got locked out. she tried to get in. she pounded on the door. she called 911. >> he's disturbed. he's just disturbed -- the act that he did was cowardly. a desperate act. and he murdered the two grandchildren, two innocent grandchildren. >> reporter: the boys' grandparents said 5-year-old braden recently said his mother was in the trunk the night they went camping. >> he said, "well, we stopped somewhere and mommy and daddy got out and mommy didn't come back." >> reporter: the answers to their mother's disappearance may have died with them. investigators also said in the days leading up to the explosion powell gave away his sons' toys to charity. and in his e-mails to friends said he could not bear to live without his boys. rob, paula. >> thank you, diana. i guess my question in all this
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is that if the psychiatric results -- he had not undergone his evaluation just yet. he was ordered to undergo one. to me the question to raise is did it make sense to have those kids in his house on his turf until we knew mentally if he was in a position to handle that as opposed to a public place or someplace ordered by the court? it just seems like it could have been avoided in some way. >> you have to think cha this is going to be the benchmark to have that system overhauled in some way. and back to susan powell, the investigators in salt lake city insist that despite the murder-suicide that their case is not closed. not that it's going to, you know, bring a lot of closure for a lot of people at this point. the whole family is gone. what can you do about it at this point? but just a devastating story. i don't know how anybody could do that to their own children. moving on this morning, in virginia jury selection is under way now in the trial of a college lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. yeardley love was found dead in her apartment near the university of virginia almost two years ago. police accuse fellow student george huguely of killing her.
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yesterday he did plead not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. also, a norwegian man accused of killing 77 people during a deadly rampage last july remained defiant during a court appearance in oslo. anders bravic has confessed to attacking government buildings and a camp on a small island near the capital. but he says it was a strike against "traitors" who were embracing immigration that would turn norway into an islamic colony. the u.s. embassy in syria is closed this morning over concerns about the safety of diplomats and their families. nearly 6,000 people have been killed since the political unrest began about a year ago. the bbc's paul wood was in the middle of the violence in the city of homs. >> reporter: in this part of the city it is the worst they have endured. "god is great," he shouts, in defiance.
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the shelling is constant now. we're hearing an impact every few seconds. and in reply you can also hear a little bit of kalashnikov fire. it's a pretty futile gesture. [ gunshot ] eyewitnesses say a field clinic was hit. they filmed the injured being moved. over several days of this most of the casualties have been civilians. the houses don't have basements. there's nowhere to hide. "where's the arab league," she shouts. this woman's son is badly wounded. "give us guns," she screams, "we cannot defend ourselves." even in the midst of all this, most hide their faces. they say there's no telling what the regime will do. >> the only thing that they had their hopes in was the u.n. we wanted arab league to give
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the situation -- our situation to the u.n. so the u.n. could help us. now the u.n. abandoned us. >> reporter: they are certainly paying the price. the shroud is for a 7-year-old girl. they carefully write her name, nuha al manal. like all the dead here, she must be buried in darkness. daytime's too dangerous. there is no family, no prayers, and little dignity. they have to hurry. even now they are attacked. [ gunfire ] there will be many more such desperate and lonely burials. paul wood, bbc news, homs. >> and first and foremost, let's understand, those journalists were smuggled into that country. it's unprecedented to get that kind of video footage out of syria. journalists are not allowed to be in there for that precise reason, the violence and the agony that you saw in that
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video. when they say the u.n. has abandoned them, keep in mind that was the news from a few days ago, that russia and china did not jump on board with the u.s. in condemning the actions there, which has left us reeling in this diplomatic kind of quagmire, what to do in syria. that's what the guy meant when he said that. but just unbelievable footage. >> president obama says the united states has been relentless in leth the syrian regime know that it is time for bashar assad to go, who is the dictator of that country, and looks like he is just attacking the defenseless. mothers and children. >> in an interview he did with barbara walters he still appears pretty delusional about what's going on. president obama meanwhile has ordered some new sanctions against iran's central bank and its economy. the sanctions r&r in place have forced iranians to pay more for everyday goods. but iran still will not slow down its nuclear program. israel, meanwhile, is threatening a military strike against those nuclear facilities. but the u.s. wants israel to give the sanctions more time to work. it's a situation the world continues to watch. turning to politics,
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republicans in minnesota and colorado head to the polls for their caucuses today. mitt romney is expected to win. but he's also on the offensive over a possible threat from rick santorum among minnesota's conservative base. romney said santorum's time in the u.s. senate was not effective because he supported pork barrel projects. and it got a little rowdy during an appearance by newt gingrich in bloomington, minnesota. he was in the middle of his speech on the difference between his campaign and president obama's when look at that, a heckler interrupted. but a supporter in the crowd confronted the heckler, who was then escorted out by police. >> civility in our politics at its best. in lighter political news, guess about this. tim tebow may try to translate his popularity on the gridiron to a run for elected office. the broncos qb says politics could be something in his future. it's something he says he thinks and praise about. tebow says he's thankful to be living his dream, playing for denver, but added that it's unclear exactly what the future
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holds. so tim tebow pondering a future in elected office. will he run? >> a lot of athletes make that transition to politics. >> yes. we'll see how it plays out. here's your tuesday forecast now. stormy in southern california from san francisco to san diego. snow around the mountains of l.a. a mix of snow from omaha to des moines. showers from kansas city and st. louis to louisville. and cincinnati. rain in florida. >> near 80 in orlando. 61 in atlanta. 51 in d.c. 27 in minneapolis. 33 in omaha. and 36 in chicx gets all the wa 72. salt lake city 43. and seattle 55. and next we have a very close brush with disaster. all of it caught on tape. the camera on a snowmobiler's helmet recorded these beautiful pictures of course of a snowy mountain on the border between idaho and wyoming. but it also captured the moment when he reached the top and the mountain gave way under him.
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>> believe it or not, he didn't shout expletives, although he was breathing very hard. he just slowly got off his snowmobile and pulled it back onto solid ground. i know when i owned a snowmobile, you can't put it in reverse. >> really? you can't put those in reverse? >> at least ours was. i don't know if they make them different these days. i don't want to be ignorant about that fact. but yeah. >> scary moment. all caught on tape. >> that's yes had to dismount. >> way to stay calm, dude. salute. we'll be back with more world news after this. ♪ edge of glory ♪ and i'm hanging on a moment with you ♪ ♪ i'm on the edge [ female announcer ] with swiffer wetjet,
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♪ welcome back, everybody. well, here's a story that is likely to make you wonder why people do what they do. sometimes. it comes to us from the city of dallas. >> that's where somebody stole a couple of horses from a church camp. and as shawn gables of wfaa reports, the ones being hurt the most are the camp's kids.
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at this tiny church camp on the outskirts of southwest dallas, teary-eyed campers saddle up for the last time until someone finds their horses. >> i usually come here for lessons. and, well, obviously, because i don't have any horses to ride. >> reporter: monday evening thieves cut through electric fencing at camp elhar and stole zip and blaze, two sorel quarter horse mares. police have no idea who did it. >> i want to see them in jail locked up with handcuffs in their jail cell. >> reporter: tiffany gardner, who runs the camp, says all ten of her horses were put to pasture monday night but when she returned to work the next morning she spotted cut fencing and a trail through three adjacent properties. the only thing left behind were zip and blaze's nametags. >> if i had found them out in the pasture injured or dead, it would have been better than this. because then there would have been closure. >> 7-year-old rider benjamin thunderhawk lives with autism.
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of course therapy improves his balance and communication skills. but his mother may have to look for new options. thursday two additional riding horses were pulled from the camp after its owner learned of zip and blaze's theft. losses that's forcing the church camp to postpone classes indefinitely. >> well, the nearest occupational therapy horse is in mansville, and it's like probably over 40 miles away. >> reporter: volunteers working with stolen horse international are now circulating flyers with photos of zip and blaze. expect to see them posted on the internet, inside tack and feed stores, auction barns and restaurants, anything to bring zip and blaze back safe, healthy, and alive. >> why would they steal horses from a kids' camp? i mean, like seriously. it's like, this is for kids. >> i think that sums it up. why would you steal horses from a kids' cam s&p maybe there's nothing else to say or ask.
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>> it just shows the depredation of humanity. every now and then we bring you stories about the goodness of humanity but there's also the darkness as well. >> depressing news block today. weird stuff in the world. at least we have another controversy to turn to coming up after the break. >> more controversy coming up. a question for parents who smoke cigarettes. >> should smoking be banned in the car when children are riding along? this is a hot question on our facebook page today. we'll have the story when we come right back.
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♪ one more night ♪ one more night i can't sing today. my voice is gone. >> welcome back, everybody, to the quiet storm. in the last few years here in the u.s. and also overseas in britain smokers have seen the number of places they can light up dwindle big-time. >> and the movement that caused it is not over in wales.
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that's where a new effort is under way aimed at cutting down smoking in the privacy of one's car. >> reporter: after a ban in pubs and cafes, could the car be the next place where smoking is stamped out? the government in northern ireland is already looking at a ban. now ministers in wales have launched a three-year campaign that claims parents are poisoning their children. >> it causes lung problems, heart problems. so there's all manner of evidence showing just how harmful it is. >> reporter: research suggests the concentration of toxins in a smoke-filled car can be 11 times higher than it was in a smoky bar before the ban. tobacco particles can stay in the vehicle for up to two hours. opening the window does little to reduce the risk of breathing them in. if the campaign doesn't persuade enough parents, the welsh government say they would follow it up with a ban. but that could be difficult to
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enforce and would enrage some campaigners. they argue adults can make their own minds up about the risks of tobacco. >> it's a perfectly legal product, and i think it's quite wrong the way smokers have been treated. the trouble is smokers are fed up being lectured and harassed. nobody actually speaks to people who actually smoke. >> reporter: we decided to do just that and asked the smokers in cumbran if they would support a ban. >> in the car i understand it if you've got children in the car. but if you're on your own i can't see it being a problem. but if you've got children in the car, i think it's wrong. >> it's not right for the kids. it's like they're smoking. they're so young and they're taking in all the smoke. >> reporter: the governments in england and scotland say they're also looking at ways to limit exposure to secondhand smoke. the drive toward more legislation seems to be gathering pace. howl griffith, bbc news. >> i kind of get it. the government here regulates what you do in the car, wear your seat belt, have a certain
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child safety seat. it happens. this is our facebook question. >> i told you to lay off of the cigs on set. >> oh, man. sorry about that. chime in on facebook. a lot of you are already doing it.
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♪ ♪ when you call my name ♪ it's like a little prayer ♪ i'm down on my knees ♪ i want to take you there cee lo. >> and madonna, of course, from sunday night's super bowl halftime show and that unforgettable rendition of "like a prayer." i liked it personally. >> it was spectacular. an estimated 114 million folks watched her performance. that was the peak of the entire broadcast of the game, and it got people talking, of course, as abc's andrea canning tells us. >> reporter: you start with madonna, of course. add more than 600 performers. four celebrity guest acts. a no-name daredevil who's become
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an overnight sensation. so who was that guy in the toga bouncing on a tightrope next to madonna? andy lewis. engaging in a little-known sport called slack climbing. he spent two months rehearsing with madonna, who he describes as meticulous. >> she would look at everybody's costume, and she would approve everything on the costume, make fine little details, to not only the costume but to the set and like how things are being run in the show and saying things weren't exciting enough. >> reporter: and then, showtime. >> all i see is flashing lights and madonna dancing. so it's very, very distracting. >> reporter: madonna got a little distracted herself and made a minor super bowl stumble. the eternal material girl admitted to a case of pregame nerves. she was dancing with a pulled hamstring after grueling rehearsals. >> lots of warm-ups and taping and ultrasound and, you know, i feel like i'm one of the football players right now. >> reporter: her performance had the whole country debating around the water cooler.
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>> you know, i must have watched a 50-year-old woman lip-sync to 20-year-old music. i enjoy that. >> i just love the whole way they presented her. >> reporter: the debate continued on facebook and twitter. 10,245 tweets per second during the halftime show. some supportive. suzie wrote, "frankly there are not a lot of 53-year-old women dancing around in five-inch heels. i hope i am in her shape at that age." others not so much. kim said, "uncomfortable. like watching your grandmother flirt with the pool boy." ♪ there's no debate about one thing. madonna succeeded at what she does best, getting america talking. andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> you know what? say what you want. how many 53-year-olds can get up with a pulled hamstring and do a show like that? so kudos to madonna. >> there's a lot of people -- look at you. the slack -- rob nelson. is that why you're sore today? >> that's why i'm sore.
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because i've been working that rope. >> always
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this morning on "world news now," pumped up. what's pushing the price of gas up so much that some drivers could soon pay $5 a gallon? >> that would force families with two cars to pay an extra 300 bucks a month just on gas. it's tuesday february 7th. good tuesday morning, everyone. i am paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. the high fuel prices are having a ripple effect on the economy because when transportation costs go up everything else, yep, gets more expensive as well. we'll explain what's happening
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globally and why it's hitting home right now. >> and we are speaking of the economy. pecan, pecan prices, however you say it. >> pecan. >> they are so high right now that growers in georgia are fighting off thieves. when someone steals pecans to sell them, that's downright nuts. ba-dump bump. >> we'll be here all week. also this morning, the giants' ticker tape parade. what does ticker tape mean in what is that? >> ticker tape, it's the actual tape. i don't know. it's a term -- >> we keep saying it. as opposed to a parade. a parade. >> because the tape flies around. >> okay. now i get it. a parade for the giants here in new york. in a few hours a big party in the streets in lower manhattan. but what we all could learn from eli manning who truly excels under pressure. that one 38-yard bomb in the game on sunday, he's a clutch player, one of the elites now. we'll get into the psyche of that. >> only 11 quarterbacks in nfl history have won two super bowls. >> sports anchor. look at you. you go, girl. >> i may have stunk it up in the picks but at least i have a little knowledge i can drop on you.
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>> there you go. drop it. but first pain at the pump. drivers across the country can prepare to dig even deeper into their pockets. >> the average price of gas is now $3.48 a gallon. that's up 20 cents in just the past four weeks. and 30% since the beginning of 2010. experts say $4 a gallon gas is just a few months away. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: if you were driving, the predictions would make you slam on your brakes. just in time for memorial day weekend, the highest average gas prices this country has ever seen. >> for now the calm before the storm. >> reporter: prices that already seem sky-high are about to get even higher. one estimate has an average gas price of $4.05 a gallon by may. another predicts $4.15. that means by year's end american households with two cars could be shelling out as much as $300 more for gas than they did last year. and $4.15 a gallon for some american cities will seem like a bargain. big cities will be hit especially hard. in some cases because of higher
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taxes, in others because of their distance from refineries. chicago could reach $4.95 a gallon. san francisco $4.85. seattle $4.65. >> it's tough because it's -- it makes you cut -- cut expenses. >> reporter: mounting tensions in iran are only partly to blame for this springtime sticker shock. american drivers can also thank increased demand from china, refinery closures and our own neverending need to drive. >> the bottom line is this, is americans that commute to work still will need to commute to work. so there's really a limited amount of things, really a limited amount of options that americans can take. >> reporter: except for buying other things. for every 10-cent hike at the pump economists say consumers cut other spending to the tune of $9 billion. so if driving less isn't really an option for you, here's a tip. try not to let your car idle. letting your car warm up for ten minutes is basically the same thing as driving for five miles. experts say with prices this high you might as well just let
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it warm up for 30 seconds. you will be just fine. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> interesting. we always hear these stories leading up to spring and memorial day and all of that, that oh, $5 a gallon and all this. and it's not really come to pass just yet, at least not in the magnitude that some media reports would suggest. so it really all would just kind of depend where the situation with iran goes and the strait of hormuz and whether the situation goes really volatile there, whether gas here shoots up. so don't panic just yet, in other words. >> you don't drive a car. i drive a big old tank. >> you do in new york. i don't know how you do it. good luck to you. >> a big old hoop-dy minivan. >> i'll be on the subway. >> when you babysit for the kids, i'll let you drive around the city. >> sure. i'll get right on that. in about a year. more news this morning. there are new tensions with iran right now, speaking of such. president obama, though, has imposed some new sanctions against iranian banks. in tehran pro-government demonstrators called for an immediate halt to exports of oil to the west. again, back to those gas prices. israel, meanwhile, is threatening a military strike against iran's nuclear
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facilities, but the u.s. wants israel to simply give the sanctions by america a little more time to work. lawyers for amanda knox have asked an italian appeals court to overturn her slander conviction. the conviction stems from statements knox made under police questioning. of course, she spent four years in prison before being acquitted of murder last year. a motorcycle stunt man hurt during a circus performance in michigan says he'll get back on his bike after he recovers from his 25-foot plunge. josh headford broke his leg, his wrist, his elbow, and his shoulder when his bike hit a cable, causing him to flip through the air and crash to the floor below. oh, my gosh. look at that. spectators thought it was part of the show until the ringmaster had to of course call for a doctor. dangerous sport, put your life on the line, and more video proof right there. >> he's lucky to be alive, flying at those speeds, hitting that bar overhead. >> oh, man. >> oh, gosh. can't look at that any longer. well, there's a crime wave in georgia that's just plain
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nuts. pecan farmers say they are being robbed blind because wholesale prices have soared. look at this. thieves have been seen raking through fields and driving away in trucks. edwin adcock says a group of adults with five-gallon buckets was spotted on his property. >> they didn't have no business getting here unless they -- i wouldn't mind letting them have it if they just ask for it. but i hate them stealing things. >> how much did they get? >> i don't know how much they got. >> reporter: the sheriff's department says they have no leads on the thieves and it's nearly impossible to make an arrest unless someone is spotted in the act. >> oh, come on, man. someone give mr. adcock back his nuts. so sad. mm. >> why did you have to go there? plenty of new york-area kids might be forgiven for wanting to play hooky today. they want to be part of the giants' victory parade this morning. we're going to explain to you what that ticker tape parade is. >> yeah. i'm looking it up.
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the hometown celebrating started as soon as the teams stepped off the plane from indiana yesterday. abc's scott goldberg has more on the big party. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. hundreds of giants fans met the team at the airport, and more than a million could show up to throw confetti on the players later today. sorry, new england. but the celebration here in new york continues with a parade later this morning and a beautiful forecast calling for a high of 50 under sunny skies. welcoming home world champs never gets old. [ cheers ] fans came to the tarmac at newark international airport and to the giants' practice facility. >> just thank them for their effort, everything that they've done for us. >> reporter: this is the second time in four years team has come back to new york with a super bowl trophy. and just like the last time the giants beat the new england patriots in 2008, new york city is planning a confetti parade along the stretch of broadway known as the canyon of heroes. crews have been working all day on the floats for the ceremony. >> one day to do a parade is not easy.
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but we'll do it. >> reporter: the celebration actually began when patriots quarterback tom brady threw what they call a hail mary, hoping for a last-minute touchdown. >> incomplete! >> reporter: that pass answered new york's prayers. next thing you know giants quarterback eli manning is the game's mvp and he's going to disney world. >> i saw the referee just give the incomplete sign, and right at that moment you know you're world champions. >> reporter: that is the moment new yorkers are talking about as the rest of the country discusses m.i.a.'s middle finger or the ad about the revived auto industry that chrysler says was not meant to be political. >> yeah. it's halftime, america. >> reporter: for giants fans it's just a celebration, made sweeter knowing new england wanted revenge but didn't get it. >> how do you like me now? >> reporter: this was the giants' fourth super bowl victory. the patriots have won three. rob and paula? >> a million people could be out there today in new york for the ticker tape parade. >> okay.
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so a ticker, it's a continuous paper ribbon on which a ticker automatically printed stock quotations. they used it back in the day. they don't necessarily use ticker tape today. they use more like confetti. but it's an old term. >> but still applies -- >> exactly. they still use it. >> see? you learn something every day in the overnights. thank you, paula, for clearing that up. that was kind of you. here's the tuesday forecast. windy with heavy downpours from san diego up to san francisco. up to eight inches of mountain snow around l.a. rain and light snow in nebraska and iowa showers from kansas city to cincinnati. pretty rainy down in florida. >> 60s from dallas to atlanta. 45 in st. louis. 27 in the twin cities. 26 in rapid city. denver 25. and l.a. is 68. get your arm up because it's time for our, boom, favorite story of the day. and i personally love this story. what a grandson's love can do when he knows how to use the internet. noah is just 12 years old, but he already has an online charity. he set up what's called noah's dreamcatcher network to help the victims of hurricane katrina. >> so when his own grandma in
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steven's point, wisconsin got sick and fell behind in her mortgage he turned to his network for help. donors didn't let him down. yesterday noah gave the bank a check for $10,000 and saved his grandmother's house. what a smart and savvy little entrepreneur already. >> bright things in that kid's future. well done, noah, for the katrina victims and from grandma. >> he's from wisconsin. >> yeah. midwest. ♪ i'm proud of the house we built ♪ ♪ it's stronger than sticks stones and steel ♪ ♪ it's not a big place ♪ ain't no palace in here ♪ a lot of things that come and go ♪ ♪ but love never will
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the empire state building here in new york city of course saluting the new super bowl champions, the giants. >> yeah. of course, i lost that bet. i picked the patriots, right? front and center of today's parade will be giants quarterback eli manning. abc's john berman now on what makes eli so calm in the clutch. >> reporter: with 68,000 people screaming, with 100-plus million people watching, with 11 large men hunting for his head, eli manning threw that perfect pinpoint 38-yard how did that ball get there pass to mario manningham. >> what a catch by manningham! >> reporter: super bowl glory again. last-second heroics again. leading to the question, what does eli manning have and how can i get it? what is the key to clutch? >> when you can shine when those stakes are really high, i think you're clutch. >> reporter: nailing that
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real-life job interview is every bit as nerve-racking as hitting that last-second pass. and the science, the same. to be clutch like eli, you don't need his million-dollar arm, but his million-dollar prefrontal cortex. that's the part of the brain that reasons through problems. but there is limited space. it's also the part of the brain hit by anxiety, which literally crowds out your ability to perform. >> in stressful situations sometimes we start overthinking our performance. we think too much about aspects that should just be left on autopilot. >> reporter: so how to protect your brain and fend off that anxiety? practice. it conditions your brain for stress. it's why the military does live fire training exercises. it's why taking timed practice tests can help you ace the s.a.t.s. >> just mimicking those mild levels of stress can get you ready for the real moment when it comes your way. >> reporter: it gives you the confidence to just do it without overthinking it. listen to eli. >> a lot of those throws were muscle memory. you don't think about how far to throw it or what to do. >> if i want to be clutch in my
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next job interview, what's the best pregame preparation? >> record yourself rehearsing a mock interview. play back the tape. be a really harsh critic. tweak your responses so that you can go in and really nail it. >> reporter: if your brain is ready for the game, every day can be your super bowl. john berman, abc news, new york. >> and with the title comes all the press. he was at disney world, eli. letterman. he was making the rounds. and apparently he had a hot date as well. >> that was not me. >> looks like it. >> i would be with tom brady. well, not be with. but i'd have a picture with tom brady. >> really? >> my hair's getting long, too. >> a lot of women have that whole tom versus eli debate. >> here's the thing. it's eli's lineage. look at the whole family. >> peyton, archie. exactly. >> i think a lot of it you're born with it or you're not. >> so you're disputing that whole story, huh? >> i'm not disputing it, but i mean the lineage -- >> it's in the blood. >> coming up, who's bashing the new england patriots? >> ooh. good story here. and the lost super bowl bet that
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny okay. first element out of "the skinny," tom brady, the losing quarterback in sunday's super bowl, is coming to the defense of his wife. he has to be a little angry about some comments that she made to a giants fan. >> she was being heckled. >> she was being heckled after the game. and according to reports, she told this giants fan, "my husband cannot bleeping throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. i can't believe they dropped the ball so many times." of course, tom's teammates, they're talking specifically about wes welker and that dropped pass. >> basically, the wife was talking trash about her husband's team. that is not cool. that breaks the code. >> it's not cool. but at the same time if somebody, from a wife's perspective, if somebody is talking trash about my husband i'm going to stand up for him as well. but i don't know if you really throw his teammates under the bus. but you can't deny that wes
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welker dropped a clutch catch -- >> whether it's a supermodel's place to say that, i don't know or not. causing some dust-up. also more super bowl fallout in a good way. you may know tv personality maria menounos. she made a bet with one of her colleagues at "extra," one of the many shows that she does, she's a diehard football fan, and she said look -- >> patriots fan. >> i'm sorry, yes, patriots fan. and she said if they lose i will strip down to my bikini right there in times square. and glad we're having a mild winter here in new york. but maria, impressive -- not only impressive that she lived up to the bet but impressive in other ways as well. looking good there, maria. impressed with that. a woman of her world. and on top of that if you're wondering what the biggest, sexiest part of those commercials was, victoria's secret angel adriana lima of course was really one of the big stars. she had two commercials. she was on there about a minute and a half. $14 million worth of air time because those ads were so expensive. she did one commercial for the teleflora. yes.
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and she did another commercial for kia as well. 31-year-old mother of one looking good. and made some big money for some companies during the super bowl. >> i always say it's the second kid that puts you over the top. >> really? >> yeah. >> i have no problem with that. >> so adele has an amazing voice, but according to karl lagerfeld, the fashion designer, he says she's a little fat, a little too fat. okay? come on. have a little bit of couth. have a little bit of tact. he says that -- he shared his opinion on all the hot topics of the day. but he says he enjoys her voice but he has a problem with her physique, she's a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. of course, he had some issues with -- >> it's one of those things like who asked you? but let's move on because i want to get to this video, too. justin bieber apparently was at l.a. airport a few -- a little while ago and had a run-in. so his former -- his bod-yard, who's a former israeli soldier, look at the guy in the blue long-sleeve shirt.
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he had to deck this paparazzo, who was insanely trying to take pictures of bieber. he actually had to deck this guy. so word to the wise. take a look at that video. do not mess with the biebs at all, man. >> baby, oh baby. he's safe. [ male announcer ] we asked real people if they'd help us with an experiment
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wake up. >> hey, insomniacs. you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ saved this one for you, rob. queen elizabeth isn't resting on any laurels as she enters her 61st year on the throne. when she took the throne she was like 25 years old. >> she officially began celebrations of what's called her diamond jubilee yesterday. abc's nick watt has a look at how her majesty has stood the test of time.
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>> reporter: 60 years ago princess elizabeth ascended to the big chair, the british throne, and became matriarch in the best soap opera on earth. >> queen elizabeth ii rates amongst the best. in fact, better than the best. >> reporter: she's only the second british royal ever to celebrate a diamond jubilee. >> when she became queen, elvis presley was leaving school. ♪ if your sweetheart >> reporter: tony ray's "cry" was number one when she took the throne. fidel castro was still seven years away from power. and harry was in the white house. 11 u.s. presidents later, and she's still in the palace. >> the queen doesn't change. the queen adapts. and that's why it survives. >> reporter: she steered the ship through thick and thin. >> when granny walks into a room, everyone stands up, stops, and just kind of watches her because they see -- it's huge when she walks into a room. and i find that incredible. i kind of go -- >> that's weird, isn't it? >> well, she -- the queen, this is. is still a fairly awesome
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character. >> reporter: who in her jubilee message vowed to continue to, as she put it, "dedicate myself anew to your service." she'll soon turn 86. she's the oldest-serving british monarch. and she's showing no signs of slowing down. she's saving the big celebrations until june, when the weather should be better. they're planning a 1,000-boat pageant on the river thames, street parties across the land, and a whole lot of flag waving. nick watt, abc news, london. >> they call this day a session day in britain, and oddly enough, i know you're really interested in this issue. you remember that it also marks the anniversary of the death of elizabeth's father, king george vi. and there we are again, posing for our royalty, all of our minions. >> yes. >> you finally have the wave down, though. >> i do. i'm getting good at that. it's not the finger i'd like to wave. >> okay, m.i.a. >> that's the news for this half hour. more from abc coming up next. >> announcer: this is abc's
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